These are the things that no one has probably thought to tell you about conversion in the Reform movement. You’ll be glad to know them. Believe me.
- In conversion class, when you get to the page with the Thirteen Articles of Maimonides, do not get excited. Do not highlight them and think you have found the answer to what you need to know about Judaism. This is just one opinion of one man at one time in his life. Judaism does not lay things out in a neat list like this. Read more
Things you need to know about conversion in the Reform movement:
- You will study with your rabbi for about a year. You may also take a conversion class with people from several different movements and synagogues. The rabbis from the various congregations may take turns leading these classes. It’s a good opportunity to discover and discuss the difference in observance by different movements.
- There is a lot to read and think about. Some of the books will be about conversion. Some will be about Judaism. There will be Jewish history and also at least a bit of Hebrew.
The Shehecheyanu blessing was introduced to encourage Jews to offer thanks for new and unusual experiences. It it typically recited at the beginning of holidays and to celebrate special occasions.
Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha’olam shecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higyanu lazman hazeh.
[To hear the blessing – with thanks to the Virtual Cantor]
Source: Kolatch, Alfred J. The Second Jewish Book of Why. NY: Jonathan David Publishers, 1989 and Cardin, Rabbi Nina Beth. The Tapestry of Jewish Time. NJ: Behrman House, 2000.
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